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The War Room With Jennifer Granholm

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    November 2, 2012
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>> jennifer: i'm jennifer granholm, and if you are already counting the minutes until tuesday, he have come to the right place. buckle up you political junkies. it's friday night in "the war room." >> this isn't a date. these are people's jobs. these are people's lives. >> only four days to go until the election and the final push begins. team obama and team romney crisscross the country making their case and trying to pick up every last swing state vote they can. the ground game working around the clock. the air game, in carpet bomb mode. the surrogates, surrogating. two men, four days, and the future of our country at stake. if you're scared, get a dog.
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>> jennifer: first things first. let's get you up-to-date from the aftermath of hurricane sandy. today new york city announced it will not hold it's annual marathon after complaints that it would drain resources from emergency responders. one of the biggest problems facing the area has been a major gas shortage with many of the stations that are out of power or out of gas or both. today the federal government turned to the defense department to deliver 24 million gallons of extra fuel and lift restrictions on deliveries by foreign ships. governor andrew cuomo waved taxes on fuel tangors. in new jersey governor chris christie signed an executive order of gas rationing starting tomorrow. and 4.37 million homes in the area are still without power. turning now to the presidential campaign that other hot topic
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where there are just four days before the election, and though next tuesday is the officials election day many voters have already cast ballots. millions! let's take a look at everyone's favorite electoral nightmare florida, where the state took an unprecedented step of cutting early voting time in half. that has meant lines around the block in many polling stations. miami-dade county is averaging more than 26,000 voters per day. there was a four-hour wait to vote today. >> usually it's, you know, five, six, ten people in front of you and this is ridiculous. >> jennifer: so some voting advocates are concerned that the long waits could turn voters off. the president of league of women voters urged republican governor rick scott to extend early voting. she said such long waits are discouraging to voters whose
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schedules or physical conditions cannot accommodate these types of delays. well back in 2008 then governor charlie crisp did extend early voting in florida because of the long lines. but at a fundraiser last night governor rick scott said he would not follow suit. mike grissom the executive director explained it this way. for one side to demand that we break the law because they feel like they are losing is wrong. what? by ensuring that all voters get to cast ballots? why on earth would a republican governor want to decrease early voting? well, it could be because the democrats aren't losing, they're actually kicking butt in early voting. according to an internal obama campaign document today that is exactly the case. here's what that document reveal
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reveals. in florida over a third of expected voters have already voted. as you can see early voters 50% voting for president obama. obama, 44% for mitt romney. election day that means mitt romney has to get 53% of the vote in florida if he's going to win. so that is a pretty hefty tag to run up. that's all according to the obama campaign. in iowa over a third of voters have already voted there. and among those early voters, you can see 64% of those are supporting barack obama. 35% of them are supporting mitt romney. and that means that mitt romney is going to need to win 59% of election-day voters. in north carolina, nearly half
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of all ballots have already been cast. and of those who have already been cast, 58% of those early voters favor the president. 41% of those favor mitt romney. so mitt romney is going to need to win 57% of north carolina on election day. we're seeing that pattern play out in the other swing states, too, like nevada, virginia, wisconsin. so the republicans are trying to make up ground. in florida we're seeing this because republican leaders are on a two-day bus tour promoting early voting. here is romney florida campaign chairman adam putnam. >> we want to drive people to the polls in every conceivable form. we want oh to be there on tuesday and early votes and we want to open that gap back up. >> jennifer: but if it doesn't work, the romney campaign might have a backup plan of playing
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dirty. for voters who show up without a photo i.d. even though there is no photo i.d. law in iowa nevertheless they're showing poll watchers this training video. >> first, there may be an incidence where the voter fails to show voter i.d. and they are still allowed to vote. use the alert button so they can handle problems and they can get back to helping voters. >> jennifer: if you can't beat them, join them. this is scary stuff and it's also a sign that they're getting desperate. for a perspective of early voting and last-minute polling tricks i'm here with the political writer of the dallas reporting news coming to us from austin. wayne, thanks so much for being back inside "the war room"." >> great to be with you governor. >> jennifer: you have written about poll workers in texas, as
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a matter of fact, asking to see photo i.d.s even though there is no i.d. law there. what did you observe? >> well, you're right. i've been on the road in colorado ohio, but i came home to vote. i did early voting in my precinct which is north of austin, a conservative republican county. when i went in, i intentionally because i wanted to see what the poll workers were doing brought one of several legally prescribed identifications under the texas law and that's my city issued utility bill. i walked in, gave that utility bill to the supervisor, who asked me for my photo i.d. i said, this is what i'm giving you. she said, i prefer the photo i.d. the driver's license, or your certification of voting. i said, are you telling me that
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i can't vote with this? at which point let me say there was a back and forth process very low key but a back and forth process in which another supervisor had to come and point out to this one supervisor, no, this is okay. this is one of the legal required documents. and it raised questions to me. look i'm sitting there talking to this person, who is mistyped my name and said i wasn't in the computer, although i was ultimately i was able to vote. i'm a person who knows what the law is but you have to wonder what if i had been an elderly person, a person whose language--first language is spanish instead of english would i have been turned away? i think i would have been. >> jennifer: yeah, that's really the concern. you're in texas. you know, that's not even a swing state, and you're being asked that. do you think the woman was trained to push back on you?
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or was that just the type of person? >> i think it was not just the type of person. whether she was specifically trained in the way you just said, some of the materials suggested in other states, i don't know. what i do know is that republicans and conservatives have been beating the drum here and elsewhere for a couple of years about photo i.d. requiring a photo i.d. it becomes a kind of measure of state of art, a turn of art, a requirement in the minds of people even if it's not in the law. so i think in this case this poll worker, who was a republican, i late learned i think felt it was important that people show a photo i.d. whether it's legal or not. the question here is whether there are a lot of those poll workers all over the country. i have a feeling that there are. >> jennifer: so you've traveled to--you've been to colorado,
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nevada iowa as well, you have been following this story in other states? >> i have. and you know, you hear anecdote anecdotally that someone says this and someone says that, and it's hard to see a type of pattern developing in these states, especially during these early vote time. i talked to congressman charlie gonzalez of texas, head of the congressional hispanic caucus. he asked the secretary of state and the attorney general to make sure poll workers in texas know what the law is. basically what he told me is that he's hearing about this all over the country. his fear is that it will really manifest itself is on election day. >> jennifer: that's why they're hauling out on both sides lawyers to be able to protect people. we want to encourage people who are watching this show, if you are going to vote, i would suggest people take a camera with a videorecorder if you're
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intimidated we want to know about that, that is just not right. wayne, we really appreciate you sharing that story with us. i want to talk about a whole bunch of other stuff but we have to move. i appreciate you coming inside "the war room" on a friday night. wayne slater political reporter with the dallas morning news. coming up, the aftermath developments of the hurricane sandy. we'll go right to the issue about whether this is a critical time for action on climate change. we're going to discuss that with global economist jeffrey sachs coming up. plus today's job report was one of the last numbers report before the election. we'll look at those numbers and see how they were received on the campaign trail. and after the break the crown jewel who must have the state. it's friday night in the war room. stay with us.
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bomb >> obama: we've come too far togrow faint hearted. thousand the time to keep pushing. >> jennifer: that's president obama presenting his closing argument at a rally in springfield, ohio. the president won ohio's 18 electoral college votes in 2008 and he's looking for a repeat. according to a new poll from cnn, president obama is three points ahead of governor romney
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among likely voters, 50%-47%. the same survey shows president obama winning women there by 16 points and lower income voters by 30 points. now governor romney on the other hand leads with men by 13 points. he has an advantage of six points with people making more than $50,000 a year. the other fresh ohio poll from the conservative-leaning rasmussen has president obama and governor romney tied. we'll go to cleveland and henry gomez. welcome inside the watch "the war room." >> thanks for having me. >> jennifer: you're welcome. who has the advantage, president obama or governor romney. >> you have to give it to president obama virtue of the fact that he won here four years ago, and his organizers never left the state.
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they were heavily involved last year about an issue to repeal collective bargaining restrictions that the republicans placed into law. >> jennifer: are you guys getting tired of seeing these candidates there every single day, several times a day? >> they're everywhere. as you mentioned the president had three events here today. mitt romney and paul ryan, i think just finished up an event down state in cincinnati, where there were huge crowd from what i'm told. tomorrow we're going to have a president here up here in the cleveland area, romney is back on sunday. paul ryan is here all weekend. and then on monday both campaigns are going to finish out the ohio phase of their efforts down in columbus, with live music and all the trimmings. yes, they're never going to come and visit us again when this is all over. >> jennifer: i don't know about ever, you guys are the bell of the ball. you have to be glowing in all of this attention. obviously another thing that is not getting much attention, but
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you know, we have been focused on super storm sandy causing damage obviously on the eastern seaboard but i'm told it also caused damage in the ohio. what is the assessment of the damage there? >> the electricity is still out in pockets of northern ohio, the cleveland area. i was checking earlier and there are 40,000 to 50,000 homes. my power just went on last night. and the cleveland proper still doesn't have lights. they're hoping to have all this resolved on monday. but there is concern about polling stations on tuesday. >> jennifer: hopefully everybody is up on tuesday. i'm sure the campaigns are looking at that, but i'm sure people are too given how much attention ohio has had in this election. there has been this early voting
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surge for. president obama has captured 59% of early vote. do you have a sense of that on the ground? >> well, here here where it's overwhelmingly democratic, yes we have the sense that it's doing well. every public poll shows the president leading mitt romney by a substantial margin in the early vote. one thing that i will say about the romney campaign, the republicans more in general they learned from their mistakes four years ago. they've been out since may you know gathering data, trying to connect with people. they boast their door-knocking operation although it's hard to quantify how many doors you've actually knocked on. they say they've knocked on over 1 million to 2 million doors in this cycle. it will be interesting to see what the final tally. it's important to note that this weekend you can go and vote in
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person at the board of elections. this is something that the democrats, the obama campaign fought for heavily. they sued the state of ohio to reopen this window that was available in 2008. it was closed last year, and now it's back open, you're seeing a lot of activity surrounding a lot of local churches labor groups, driving people to vote in person. >> jennifer: we're also watching the backlash from the jeep ad which the cleveland dealer was admonishing governor romney about. that's henry gomez from the cleveland. the president won the rocky mountain state in 2008. but tonight colorado is essentially tied according to the new ritter's poll.
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it has them neck and neck. the president leads with women not surprisingly by ten points but romney only leads by men by three points. the poll has even better news for president obama. it gives him 50% to mitt romney's 46%. when it comes to early voting, this is amazing. 60% of coloradoans have already cast their ballots. they estimate of those early voters president obama has captured 51% of the vote to mitt romney's 43%. so for the latest on the ground from colorado, we're going to go to denver, and "the war room"'s" own sheetal l dhir. she's on assignment there in denver. sheetal, thanks for joining us.
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>> hi. >> jennifer: tell us a little bit what you're seeing on the ground. first of all how important is colorado to the obama and romney campaigns, can you tell from being there? >> yes absolutely. you can tell that both the obama and romney campaigns are just pouring money into this state. every time you turn on the radio, you hear one of their voices. every time you turn on a television, there is an ad. it's insane. there are signs everywhere, and people are energic and excited about the campaigns. >> jennifer: are the folks that you're meeting are they aware of how special they are, how vital their votes are and that their votes count for thousands of others? >> in south colorado, you can tell representative gutierrez said look, obama sent me here for a reason. he didn't send me here to talk and hang out but because you're going to determine the outcome of this campaign, and colorado voters know that. >> jennifer: do you have a sense right now that they feel a
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difference in the president in in 2008? >> from the voters that i talked to it seems that their problem is not necessarily with problem. it's more about washington and how polarized the politics are. people are sick of the stalemate and they're ready to move on and hoping for change in the next four years 12,347 how optimistic is team obama that they can carry the day. >> it's insane. i'm at a field office, and people are pumped. i was in aurora, colorado, and i saw a nine-year-old making phone calls for the obama campaign. young, old white black everyone is super pumped to be here. they know they're going to win out, and so it's really exciting. >> jennifer: that is great. thank you so much for giving us a little bit of the flavor on the ground. we look forward to welcoming inside "the war room." that's "the war room's" own sheetal dihr.
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